Vogue magazine recently took a groundbreaking trip to the motherland to explore the bushels of talent groomed in the hills and valleys of Jamaica. In an extensive editorial spread, the iconic magazine wrote about the talent of Jamaica’s newest roots reggae artistes. The piece was uplifting and eye opening to say the least, bringing the feel of harmony to the reggae loving world. Vogue’s diligence is impressive.
I was coming up in the late eighties-early nineties in Jamaica, and roots reggae wasn’t always the popular genre amongst the youths. In my social group, while reggae was always on our radar, dancehall took precedence and was our favorite Jamaican musical genre. Many of the massive parties we went to as teenagers, played strictly dancehall. With Bounty Killa and Beenie Man as the artists of our time, it was left up to our parents and elders to educate us with Beres Hammond, Third World, Jimmy Cliff and Morgan’s Heritage. Not that I wasn’t in love with Sizzla, which I felt was enough fuel for the conscious vibes, but again, the roots regaee scene wasn’t the popular form of music expression.
Some riddims such as the Seansons Riddim would possess the roots reggae feel, but it was nothing compared to the music that is being made by reggae artistes in Jamaica today. The sounds are uplifting, spiritual and have a blessed vibe of love, encouragement and positivity. People around the world seem to agree.
Some people believe reggae and dancehall is the “same thing.” It is not. Reggae is pure and wholesome. Dancehall is sexual and provocative. The two are their own, and loved for different reasons.
Vogue’s detailed exclusive on Jamaica’s Reggae Revival, is a must read for all of Jamaica’s diaspora and nationals who need a reminder of where they come from. Wi lickle but wi tallwah. Mystical Jamaica, a mix of peace, resistance, understanding, power and original music. The Jamaica we love.
Listen to Kelissa’s song”Winna” ft. Chronixx for some wicked uplifment: